Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton claimed on Friday that gun stores are essential for living and thus should remain open during the coronavirus pandemic.
“State law provides several emergency powers to local governments to control movement within their region during a disaster, which serves our communities well during public health events like the one we’re fighting now. However, local regulation of the sale, possession, and ownership of firearms is specifically prohibited under Texas law,” said Paxton, who received an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA).
“Under our laws, every Texan retains their right to purchase and possess firearms,” he added.
Paxton also took to Twitter to share his claims:
False. Your rights remain in place.
— Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) March 27, 2020